Fully air-conditioned two bedroom farmhouse In spectacular countryside. .
- English, Italian
About Peter Clegg
Diana and Peter are a retired couple living in Sheffield who fell in love with Abruzzo when visiting friends in 2004. Diana is continuing her Italian studies following her A level course and I am struggling with conversational Italian to improve our ability to converse with our many Italian friends.
Peter Clegg purchased this Farmhouse in 2005
Why Peter Clegg chose Castiglione Messer Raimondo
We fell in love with Casa Del Falco because of its quiet location deep in the Abruzzan countryside and the fantastic views. We also have very supportive Italian neighbours and have made a number of real friends in the area. We also love the historic centres in most of the local 'citta' in the area and the food and wine.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house provides us with peace and quiet, fantastic views and is the perfect location for exploring the region of North Abruzzo. Picking our own olives and having them pressed at the local frantoia is hard work but also great fun. We usually have a few UK friends to help and the resulting oil is fantastic.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
So very peaceful
Had absolutely everything that we needed. A comfortable bed with much needed air conditioning. A well-equipped kitchen with plenty of sharp knives and chopping boards. A decent size fridge with freezer space and views - well they took our breath-away. It felt like home from the very first day!
It is a very isolated property with fantastic views. Well equipped and well maintained with good service from the owners. It is very isolated though. The white roads are maintained better than many and passable. However the roads in the area are generally minor, twisty and have suffered in the 2009 earthquake. This limits how far you can go in a day but the upside is the roads are generally quiet. There is plenty within reach to see. If you want to potter in rural Italy, enjoy the beauty of the Grand Sasso area, enjoy the local cuisine and end your day sipping wine on the patio admiring the mountain landscape this is for you.
Many thanks for your enthusiastic review. We are glad you enjoyed our house in Abruzzo as much as we do.
Perfect Abruzzo location between mountains and sea
Casa del Falco is an extremely comfortable and well equipped house in Abruzzo, ideally positioned between the Gran Sasso mountains (with the highest peaks visible from the window) and several laid-back beach resorts to suit most tastes. For those tired of either, there are a host of lovely old towns to wander around.
We loved the solitude, broken only by farming sounds. Mosquito nets on all the windows allowed us to keep cool in 35C temperatures. When the local roads are eventually mended it would be perfection!
Excellent peaceful location
This was even better than the promotion, especially if you love watching nature go by. We had visits from bats, toads and fireflies, not to mention the lizards and saw amongst others golden oriole, buzzards and heron. The views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside from both the house and the patio are stunning.
Eating and groceries etc are well provided but a half hour drive away. Similarly plenty to visit including Campo Imperatore, Atri and a number of villages.
The owner was most helpful both with instructions and pre-queries.
We stayed for 16 days and would thoroughly recommend.
House in the mountains.
We had a lovely stay at Casa Del Falco. The weather was glorious and the countryside stunning. The house is situated in a rural area and the wildlife was wonderful, nightingales, fireflies and so many varieties of wild flowers.
The owners were very helpful and efficient and provided very good customer service.
Definitely a place to return to.
Peaceful enclave, view of mountain, olive groves
The house is tucked on the side of hills, with a patio area surrounded by herbs
and – for this London resident – the much welcome sound of birds. There are good sized rooms, a wood pizza oven, and a useful selection of books on wildlife and the local area. There is space for a more active or relaxed routine, and mountain walks are easily accessible by car. A particular favourite of mine was discovering wildflowers in the mountains where snow had melted from winter.
Beautiful mediaeval towns are easily accessible for anyone who wants to explore this great area of Italy. We mixed up enjoying the house and exploring and would recommend it to others for the same.
The nearest beaches are at Montesilvano or Silvi Marina, roughly 22 miles away.
Nearest airport is Pescara, less than an hour's drive away. The town is serviced by Ryanair daily flights offering low price flights.
The house is a 3.5 hour drive from Rome Ciampino airport. The house can only be reached by car.
Bisenti and Castiglione MR are both within 5 miles / 15 mins drive. There are good historic centres at Atri 17 miles and Penne 15 miles. Castelli, where they have been making ceramics continuously since the middle ages is about 20 miles.
Both Bisenti and Castiglione have a range of local shops. Bisenti in particular has 2 excellent supermarkets and a wonderful chocolatiere. Both have banks, but only the one in Bisenti has an automatic cash machine. There are numerous pizzerias, rosticcerias and agrotourismo restaurants within a 5 mile radius, many in attractive country locations. Casa Del Falco is a small working olive farm deep in magnificent Abruzzan countryside. Reached only by somewhat rutted 'white roads', it provides an authentic flavour of rural Abruzzo. Casa Del Falco is situated midway, between the hill towns of Castiglione MR and Bisenti, both with beautiful medieval centres that have escaped 'gentrification'.
There are excellent beaches at Pineto, Rosetto, Montesilvano or Silvi Marina all less than an hours drive away. Alternatively in an hour one can be deep in the Apennines, to visit the Campo Imperatore, Castel Del Monte, where much if the George Clooney film 'the American' is set and Castelli, a major centre for ceramics since the 16th Century. Other attractions near by include the medieval cities of Penne and Atri with fine museums and beautiful churches.
Abruzzo has the highest percentage of protected rural areas of anywhere in Europe (33% of its entire area). With magnificent scenery all around, the white roads are well suited to walkers as well as the more adventurous motorist. Traditional farming methods also mean that there is an abundance of butterflies and other local wildlife. The farm is bounded by two deep, wooded 'fossa' (gullies) that provide a haven for birds and, in May/June, fireflies. Throughout the summer, there are lizards everywhere, crickets can be heard and there are wild flowers in profusion. The farm has a number of fruit trees, including peaches, figs, pomegranates and walnuts, which can be freely picked in season.
Good local shops provide an abundance of fresh local food and wine and the area is well served for meals out by pizzerias, rosticcerias and agritourismo restaurants. Although little English is spoken, the people of Abruzzo provide visitors with the warmest of welcomes.
For further information on the farm and local places of interest please see our website